Thinking about volunteering with Bike Farm? The monthly volunteer orientation will take place at the shop TONIGHT from 6:30pm to 7pm, followed by a general meeting. No RSVP required… come on in!
Happy free Monday off, most of you!
Volunteers plan to keep the shop open on this rainy Memorial Day, but might close down early if all of you party people are watching movies and drinking tea instead of adjusting your brakes. Just to be sure, call the shop before you stop in and see where we’re at!
Thank you to everyone who showed up for a busy, friendly East Sunday Parkways! Bike Farm’s repair stand was occupied during most of the event. Volunteers helped cyclists adjust derailleurs, pump up tires, repair brakes, and fit handlebars and saddles for comfort. It was a great event and we look forward to participating in the North Portland Sunday Parkways this July.
The shop was also featured in Neighborhood Notes as a local resource for bike maintenance. Check out the article here: http://www.neighborhoodnotes.com/news/2013/05/biking_in_portland_where_to_learn_and_ride/
An excerpt: “Midway between the two aforementioned co-ops is northeast’s volunteer-run, nonprofit collective Bike Farm where you can access tools and learn to service your own bike with guidance from on-site experts. Become a member, pay a $5 drop-in rate, or do work-trade to earn time on a bike stand (or use one for free every first Thursday on Open Shop Night). Plus, every other Tuesday, Bike Farm hosts its bimonthly Women and Trans Night.”
Hooray for fixing your own bike! Read the article to discover other sweet resources around town.
Our stands and staples are packed, but there’s still room for you. Come work on your bike! The shop will be open until 9pm tonight.
PS Monthly Open Shop Night will be THIS Thursday! That means *free* stand time for you and yours. Parts excluded, of course.
Check out Community Cam, a new publicly accessible, Portland based app/website that might help you feel safer while navigating town.
Here’s an excerpt from an email from the company:
“Our aim is to make the community safer, particularly cyclists and runners, by providing local citizens and law enforcement with the tools necessary in the unfortunate event of a crime. In case something happens, people can look at the map to find out whether the crime may have been caught by local surveillance cameras.”
“As you know, Portland cyclists are always vulnerable to vehicular traffic. There’s always the possibility of getting injured by a reckless driver who fails to see you, and even worse, drives away without stopping. On more than one occasion, I’ve been “tapped” by a driver behind him while waiting at a stop light on my bike. Many of these cars simply drive off even if the cyclist is injured. Using CommunityCam on an iPhone, you’d be able to see the location of cameras within a 1-block radius, in the hope of tracking down the footage of the incident.”